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Cian O Broin 2018-12-06

Elephant in the room: We all know it’s there. Hovering over us ominously, skulking around in the back of our minds. We step outside our doors in week one and breathe in the cool, refreshing air of a new semester. Liberating. As soon as we exhale, it’s Friday of Week Twelve. Time to address the […]

Ronan Coughlan 2018-11-30

“KATIE” director Ross Whitaker spoke to An Focal ahead of its screening at UCH.   The award-winning documentary about one of Ireland’s favourite sportspeople Katie Taylor will be screened on Monday December 3rd at University Concert Hall.   Directed by Ross Whitaker (Anthony Foley: Munsterman, Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story,), KATIE follows champion boxer Katie […]

Katie McAteer 2018-11-28

  When it comes to co-op you’ve got two options – co-op in Ireland or Global co-op. I chose global co-op and it’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I didn’t think twice about doing it but if you are thinking about it and have your doubts, I’m here to try and […]

Rachel Butler 2018-11-26

The actions of a barrister in the recent “Cork rape trial” has caused uproar across the country.   A seventeen-year-old girl was in court, facing her attacker when a defence lawyer referred to the underwear she was wearing on the night of her rape.   “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to […]

Ivan Smyth 2018-11-21

Sleep You should aim to get 8-9 hours’ sleep a night in order to be able to perform your best. The worst thing a student can do is to pull an all-nighter the day before the exam. A good night’s sleep will allow you to perform on the day and you will feel sharper physically […]

Nicole Glennon 2018-11-20

There will be no “Christmas Days” event in The Stables Club or The Scholars Club this year.   The campus bars made the announcement in Facebook posts yesterday due to concerns over students’ safety.   The annual “Christmas Days” event traditionally runs over two days every November, where Stables serve a traditional Christmas dinner.   […]

Nicole Glennon 2018-11-20

UL Student Life have started handing out flyers this week about ‘the facts’ surrounding direct provision.   The flyers are in response to similar flyers handed out by Aramark, the catering company who run most food outlets on campus, two weeks ago.   The company’s role in direct provision has come under scrutiny from UL […]

Nicole Glennon 2018-11-19

As a daughter, a big sister, a little sister and a friend, I felt compelled to write something for International Men’s Day. Much of this year has been about focusing on women’s issues, and these conversations are important and long overdue. It is right that we as women are angry and calling for change, but […]

Jack Gahan 2018-11-19

Some of us know a friend of a friend, who has a prescription. Maybe some of the lads you know have a black market contact. But if you want them, you can get ‘em. The most commonly used ‘study drugs’ in universities in Ireland the UK are Modafinil and Ritalin. The brand name of Ritalin […]

Ciara Mannion 2018-11-15

It’s that time of year again – when you swear to your mates that you will get out of bed for your 9am lectures, eat less takeaways and start a new fitness routine. While you may adamantly protest you love the college life as you throw on some clothing you just found on your bedroom […]